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dowse1

Syllabification: dowse
Pronunciation: /douz
 
/

verb

[no object]
1Practice dowsing: water is easy to dowse for
More example sentences
  • I also have no doubt that when practiced by someone with a good practical knowledge of field archaeology, dowsing with rods can sometimes hit the jackpot.
  • I can tell you of Ph.D. physicists who believe that they can dowse, and who endorse dowsing rods and free-energy machines.
  • I know mechanics who dowse to determine mechanical problems in cars, and other machinery and maintenance workers who use dowsing to find underground water lines, leaks, and electrical problems.
1.1 [with object] Search for or discover by dowsing: he dowsed a spiral of energy on the stone
More example sentences
  • The experts in this dowsers' society say you can successfully dowse anything at all.
  • The moments of small victory are often limited to a shopping cart that stays when it is told to or sending a small hope before dowsing the wine aisle for a good vintage.
  • So one Sunday morning soon after sunrise we entered the field and made our examinations, buried the bottles and dowsed the formation.

Origin

late 17th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

dowser

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Most psychics and dowsers, for example, do not even realize that they need to do controlled tests of their powers to rule out the possibility that they are deceiving themselves.
  • Controlled experiments set up to test the abilities of dowsers have shown that dowsers are no better at finding hidden substances than chance would predict.
  • Every dowsing organization, or dowser, that we have contacted, has ignored this offer.

Words that rhyme with dowse

douse, Gauss, grouse, house, Klaus, louse, Manaus, mouse, nous, Rouse, souse, spouse, Straussarouse, blouse, browse, carouse, Cowes, drowse, espouse, house, Howes, rouse

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Syllabification: dowse
Pronunciation: /douz
 
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verb

Variant spelling of douse.

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